Ethereum Name Service (ENS) has fired its chief operating officer, Brantly Millegan, for derogatory comments he made about the LGBTQ community, according to CoinDesk. ENS founder Nick Johnson has announced that True Names Limited, the non-profit organization that supports the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), has terminated Millegan’s contract.
ENS is the blockchain protocol that converts wallet addresses into custom domain names. It provides nearly 300,000 cryptocurrency users with an easy way to create some sort of web3 username, and is formatted “username.eth”. Its widespread use partly explains why Millegan’s old comments, made in a tweet, caused an uproar. Many members from the community outrage expressed about his comments and said they hoped Web3 would remain inclusive.
Although Millegan was fired from True Names Limited, the ENS DAO has yet to dismiss him. As of this writing, delegates are still voting on a proposal to remove Millegan as COO. So far, most have voted “yes” to remove Millegan, agreeing with the sentiment of the proposal that says its statements go “against the very fabric of Web3”.
“Many of you have been hurt by Brantly’s comments over the past 24 hours, and we strongly believe that ENS should be an inclusive community,” Johnson said in a post on the ENS discussion board. ENS. “Going forward, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that remains the case.”
Millegan’s tweet, sent in 2016, says, “Homosexual acts are wrong. Transgender does not exist. Abortion is murder. Contraception is a perversion. The same goes for masturbation and porn. Shortly after the tweet resurfaced, Millegan wrote:, “Looks like I got my first mob.” Millegan, who identifies as Catholic on his Twitter profile, also wrote, “Good to see some people finally reading the first word of my bio.”
In a post on the ENS Discord, Millegan says he has “never excluded anyone from ENS” or his work “because of who they are or what they believe”. He added that it is not “practical or moral” for web3 “to exclude many traditional-minded Christians, Muslims and Jews” who might share its beliefs.
Millegan is an important member of the ENS community, as a member-chosen representative called a delegate who helps make decisions for the DAO. Community members use ENS tokens to vote on the delegates they want, and delegates with more votes have more decision-making power. With over 370,000 votes, Millegan has more votes than any other delegate. Some users on Twitter urge community members to re-delegate or move their votes elsewhere.